Punjab Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) co-president Aman Arora on Tuesday said he plans to move a private bill seeking local area development (LAD) fund for state MLAs in the forthcoming session of the assembly.
Talking to mediapersons here, Arora said he has submitted a proposal to Vidhan Sabha speaker Rana Kanwar Pal Singh in this regard.
Arora demanded Rs 3 crore annually for each MLA to nurture his or her constituency. “A number of states in the country, including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, have a provision for MLA LAD fund. The AAP government in Delhi gives Rs 4 crore annually to each MLA and it proposes to increase this fund to Rs 14 crore.”
He sought support from MLAs of the Congress, the Shiromani Alaki Dal and the BJP to get the proposed bill passed in the Vidhan Sabha.
“If Punjab CM wants to give a message that all MLAs are equal and wants to end the halqa in-charge system, he should move forward and support the bill,” said Arora.
AAP’s state legislature party leader HS Phoolka said MLA LAD fund was essential for equitable development of the entire state.
Besides Arora and Phoolka, 12 other AAP MLAs were also present. Phoolka gave time to all MLAs to address the media and raise issues concerning their constituencies. The MLAs raised various issues, including Congress leaders forcibly taking away control of truck unions and local leaders allegedly acting as halqa in-charges.
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